Storytelling to access social context and advance health equity research

Storytelling to access social context and advance health equity research Journal Article

Preventive Medicine

  • Author(s): JoAnne, Banks
  • Published: 2012
  • Volume: 55
  • ISBN: 0091-7435

Abstract: Objective: Increased understanding of individual and social determinants of health is crucial to moving toward health equity. This essay examines storytelling as a vehicle for advancing health equity research. Method: Contemplative examination of storytelling as a research strategy. Results: An overview of story theory is provided. This is followed by an examination of storytelling as a tool for increasing understanding about the contexts in which people negotiate health, strengthening participation of communities in addressing health issues, and building bridges between researchers and target populations. Conclusion: Storytelling can be a powerful tool for advancing health equity research. However, its effective use requires a renegotiation of relationships between researchers and target communities, as well as setting aside routine time to attend storytelling events and read a variety of stories.

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JoAnne, Banks, 2012, Storytelling to access social context and advance health equity research, Volume:55, Journal Article, viewed 09 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3943.

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